Chef Marilee Merithew grew up in a family of excellent cooks (including her brothers), and credits them for her culinary skills. She believes that food should look good, taste good, and be good for you. Recently Chef Marilee shared her skills with Camp Fire youth, showing them how to make a healthy apple crisp. To say it was a success is an understatement!

Cooking together is just one of the great activities Camp Fire offers to engage youth in after-school programs. Our goal is to serve as an extension of the learning day and help teachers accomplish more by enhancing youth’s social and emotional learning (SEL). Learning how to make healthy versions of some of their favorite foods helps keep the students engaged and eager to learn, and it fits nicely with Camp Fire’s existing lineup of programs that encourage healthy eating and lifestyle choices.  For more information on Camp Fire programs, contact Derek Toms at (816) 285-2026 or